Some associates of former Speaker of House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole and notable members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State have defected to the newly formed Action Democratic Party (ADP).
It was reported that the ex-Speaker's associates, in their hundreds, defected at an expanded stakeholders meeting of ADP held in Abeokuta on Tuesday.
The party chieftains who are mostly loyalists of Bankole, left for ADP, which has been touted as the new mega political party ahead of 2019 elections.
At the event, a 72-member protem state executive committee of the party was unveiled with a former Commissioner for Housing in the state, Chief Wale Egunleti, emerging as chairman.
A former Director of Owena River Basin Development Authority, Mr Femi Sowunmi, will act as the state secretary.
Egunleti, a former political adviser, and Sowunmi, an American trained financial expert, are close political associates of Bankole, who is believed to be oiling his machinery to contest the 2019 governorship in the state.
It will be recalled, that Ogun PDP had been enmeshed in factional crisis over the years coupled with the leadership tussle rocking the party at the national level.
Meanwhile,in a press statement issued yesterday, the ADP State Publicity Secretary, Sunday Adeleye, confirmed the expanded stakeholders meeting where the 72-member protem executive was inaugurated.
Adeleye urged people of the state to embrace the ADP, which he said, was poised to deliver good governance, promote transparency and abolish all sort of impunity in governance.
He said, "The state Protem Committee as unveiled will midwife the activities of the party in Ogun State pending an approved congress and had been charged with the responsibility of harmonising its members with interested groups, associations and reputable party leaders into protem executives at the polling booths, wards and local governments across the state.
"The Action Democratic Party (ADP), a mega political party having its ideology based on party supremacy, democratic empowerment of the young people and an all-inclusive people driven government is out to re-engineer the various sector of government and provide viable solution to the anomalies created by the successive administration in Nigeria."